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Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

Coming home, I smelled hot oil a few blocks away from my house after a 30 mile trip (805 on the odometer now). I parked in my driveway and saw a big puddle and stream all the way down my street. I saw the lower transmission coolant line connection to the radiator was not connected at all. This is the bottom line running to the top left of the radiator if facing the grill. I pushed the line into the connection fitting and it snapped in tight. I guess QC missed this one too. I'm pissed. I realized I did a dumb thing connecting it back in as now it looks like nothing is wrong except oil sprayed all over my engine bay.

The ATF smells and looks like engine oil. It's not the traditional red sweet smell. At least the call assist worked well, had a flat bed towing it away in 30 minutes.

I didn't have any warning lights and I checked the oil and tranny temp before turning it off and they were normal high at 195 degrees. Hopefully this happened near home and no damage will occur.
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

That is no good.....check the dipstick level?
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

Real sorry to hear that. I sure hope they clean it up like new and that is the end of it.


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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

That's a bummer. Thanks for letting us know. One more thing I have on the checklist when I pick up my Durango.

The only good news is that you caught it quickly, and it shouldn't be anything more than the inconvenience of a soiled engine bay.
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Coming home, I smelled hot oil a few blocks away from my house after a 30 mile trip (805 on the odometer now). I parked in my driveway and saw a big puddle and stream all the way down my street. I saw the engine oil coolant line connection to the radiator was not connected at all. This is the bottom line running to the top left of the radiator if facing the grill. I pushed the line into the connection fitting and it snapped in tight. I guess QC missed this one too. I'm pissed. I realized a did a dumb thing connecting it back in as now it looks like nothing is wrong except oil sprayed all over my engine bay. I thought these lines were the transmission coolant lines but it definitely smelled like oil, not ATF. At least the call assist worked well, had a flat bed towing it away in 30 minutes. I didn't have any warning lights and I checked the oil and tranny temp before turning it off and they were normal high at 195 degrees. There was still oil on the dipstick but I was parked on a slope so who knows. Hopefully this happened near home and no damage will occur. Can anyone take a closeup pic of these line connections? or a FSM diagram, Milous? It looks like they are compression fittings but mine don't have any nuts to tighten them down. I'm looking for something behind the white plastic coller that slides around and seems to have no purpose.
Could you post a photo from further back with the location where to look for this. Hope everything works out!
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

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Could you post a photo from further back with the location where to look for this. Hope everything works out!
Durango at dealer now so i can't. It's the two solid metal lines that connect to the top left of the radiator.
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Durango at dealer now so i can't. It's the two solid metal lines that connect to the top left of the radiator.
Thanks for letting us all know!
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

Ugh, bad news any way you slice it. I'll try and take a peek at ours today and post some photos.

Agreed that at least it happened close to home, and hopefully no (permanent) damage done. I think Dodge owes you an engine bay cleaning too.

Keep us posted on what the dealer says.
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

I took some shots from ours. I didn't want to pull to hard on the connections, but they seemed to be seated.

I can take a few more pictures, if necessary, later today.
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

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I took some shots from ours. I didn't want to pull to hard on the connections, but they seemed to be seated.
I can take a few more pictures, if necessary, later today.
Wow, great pics, thanks so much Dave, that's all I need.

My Durango was made on the Tuesday after the long labor day weekend, I'm assuming the jnap folk weren't feeling too good that day.
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Re: Durango dumped its oil, connection came loose to radiator

Dealer called asking my permission to flash the computer as there's an RRT (rapid response transmittal) for a key fob/antenna issue with my VIN. They didn't know anymore than that. Man I wish Milous would do a Durango site like wk2jeeps.com.

They also asked for my pics to send to Chrysler engineering. That's all I got for now.
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